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Grant Thornton Botswana celebrates annual “Global CSR Day” and Tshwaragano Primary School’s 40th anniversary

Audit, accounting and tax firm supports educational facility in Old Naledi

Old Naledi – For many years, Grant Thornton Botswana (a member firm of Grant Thornnton International Limited – GTIL) has been committed to making a difference in people’s lives and giving back to the local community through various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. “GT (Growing Together) in the community” is a core pillar of their global strategy and also the basis of their annual “Global CSR Day”. On this day, Grant Thornton member firms all over the world engage in community service and collectively celebrate giving back to worthy causes in their respective communities.

In 2017, Grant Thornton Botswana pledged to support Tshwaragano Primary School, that houses over 1,100 children from the area of Old Naledi. In 2018, Grant Thornton continued its support and donated items to the value of P50,000 during its annual “Global CSR day”. This donation comes at a time when Tshwaragano Primary School is celebrating its 40th anniversary. When receiving the gifts, the head teacher Ms Spanky Kelopang stated that she was grateful for the support of Grant Thornton, and appreciates the second visit from the accounting firm.

She mentioned that previously the academic performance of students had declined, however in the last year results have improved and she was certain that with the kind of support that Grant Thornton is giving, the results will indeed improve further. She gave an update that the photocopier that Grant Thornton had donated last year has helped in ensuring provision of individual notes and examination papers and fulfilling many other school needs, and further mentioned that this has raised the enthusiasm of the students.

Grant Thornton Managing Partner Mr Kalyanaraman Vijay stated that he was happy to hear about the progress since last year and further confirmed the organization’s commitment to supporting the school to improve students’ results. He presented the beneficiaries with the donation which include PSLE revision books, library books, educational games, boxes of sanitary pads for female students, signage and plaque to brand the school, goody bags, and trophies, certificates and school bags for their 40th anniversary prize giving celebration – all to the value of P50,000. To make the day special for each of the 1,100 students and teachers, the entire staff of Grant Thornton took time off work to spend the day with the students painting the reception classes, engaging in life skills training, playing games, singing and celebrating the spirit of togetherness.

 

Grant Thornton has had an inclination towards supporting educational and life skill development causes, and has previously extended their support to organizations such as Gamodubu Primary School, Pudulogong Rehabilitation and Development Centre, and Dinaletsana Developmental Centre to name a few.

Grant Thornton is also an Authorized Training Employer endorsed by the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), and provides sponsorship and training to student perusing professional qualifications such as BICA, ACCA, CIMA, CIA, etc. This year, Grant Thornton Botswana also supported Grant Thornton Kenya’s effort for raising funds for Katani Secondary School, by sending 6 management representatives to part take in the Mount Kenya climb.

Grant Thornton offers a number of services including assurance, advisory, tax, outsourcing and corporate services.

About Grant Thornton in Botswana: Grant Thornton Botswana is a member firm of Grant Thornton International Limited. Previously known as ‘Acumen Associates’, Grant Thornton has been operating in Botswana since 1976. Grant Thornton has advanced from a traditional audit, accounting and tax practice and now offers a broad range of services to privately held businesses, public limited companies and the public sector. With offices in Gaborone and Francistown, and innovative service offerings such as outsourcing, transfer secretarial and audits in the field of IT and control assessment, Grant Thornton offers a full range of services to help clients of all sizes address the challenges and opportunities for growth.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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